• Birder on Village Creek Bridge in Turkey Creek Unit

    Big Thicket

    National Preserve Texas

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  • Woodlands Trail Closure

    The Woodlands Trail in the Big Sandy Creek Unit will be closed August 19-29 and September 2-12, 2014, while park staff and an AmeriCorps crew apply herbicide to trifoliate orange, an invasive non-native shrub that has become problematic in that area.


Hunting is allowed in the following areas of Big Thicket National Preserve: the Beaumont Unit, the Beech Creek Unit, the Big Sandy Creek Unit, the Lance Rosier Unit, and the Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall Unit. Hunters may take white-tailed deer, squirrels, rabbits, waterfowl, and feral hogs. Free hunting permits are required and are available in person at the preserve visitor center. Please refer to the publications below for more information.

Hunting Brochure

Hunting Regulations 2011-2012

Did You Know?

Hunting with Dogs

Big Thicket's Kirby Nature Trail was named after the famous timber tycoon, John Henry Kirby, who had set aside this area for employee hunting and recreation almost 100 years ago.